【from Global Times Online】The 2018 Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship was scheduled to be kicked off on May 26. The 5-day event, themed with Promote and Strengthen People-to-people Friendship and Bonds, is an exchange of both cultures and experiences of municipal governance. It encourages the young generation of each country to carry forward the cause of civil ties, and work together to solidify the foundation of people-to-people exchanges.
The following is a speech delivered by Chaplin Hsiongat the forum on May 27th:
Distinguish Guests , Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to share with your our experience in the area of people to people international Chinese language promotions in the Northern Territory of Australia. Darwin is the capital city of this remote northern part of Australia. For a long time it has been the outback remote region sadly lacking Chines language and culture despite the fact it was one of the earliest Chinese settlements in Australia where the Chinese miners came to look for Gold in Tenant Creek in the 1800s. Unfortunately most Chinese miners once they made their fortune decides to return home in southern China or went south to Victoria and New South Wales. AS such not much Chines cultures or language were left behind and the few descendants did not inherite the rich Chinese culture s major trading partner.
Finally, the result is creating a greater understanding of China especially the young generation will be more tolerant and friendly to China who is not only proud of its rising economy and power (one belt one road , made in China 2025 ) but also its heritage, tradition, language and culture which could be shared with our friends in the West.